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Betty Schaar (BenchmarkQA) - Crowdsourced Testing

Date of Event: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 5:30pm
Park Plaza Hotel, Bloomington, MN

There’s an ever-increasing variety of computing devices, browsers, operating systems, as well as cell phone service providers and network types available to run apps, games and websites.

It may be impossible to adequately test some software using traditional testing approaches and resources, given all of the possible operating configurations. Crowdsourced testing—engaging a community of geographically diverse testers using their own personal computing devices—is being adopted as a means for broad and rapid testing. But are companies getting what they bargained for?

During this BenchmarkQA/TwinSPIN event, you’ll hear a brief overview of crowdsourced testing (What is it? Who is doing it? When? Why? ) followed by a facilitated discussion with crowdsourced testing practitioners, crowdsourced testing customers, and BenchmarkQA senior consultants who have researched this emerging yet somewhat controversial testing option.

Join in the conversation:
What value can be gained from crowdsourced testing?
How does a crowdsourced testing project work?
Do I still need my own corporate testing resources if I choose to use crowdsourced testing?
Can anyone be a crowdsourced testing resource?


Directions to the Park Plaza Hotel.


Park Plaza Hotel
4460 W 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN
(952) 831-3131

This Month's Meeting
Program Manager: 
Rick Hults – BenchmarkQA
Betty Schaar (BenchmarkQA)
“Crowdsourced Testing” - A Cost-Effective Supplement to Traditional Testing (…or it is just a fad?)
PDF iconCrowdsourced Testing, Dec 1 2011.pdf1005.03 KB

5:00 – 5:30 PM Check In and Refreshments
5:30 – 7:00 PM Presentation and Facilitated Discussion

Joint Meeting with BenchmarkQA

Please note changes in location and times for this meeting.

Please also note that you must register for this event

Call 952.392.2400 with questions.

Speaker Bio: 

Betty Schaar is Training Practice Lead and Senior QA Consultant for BenchmarkQA. A highly respected leader, Betty has earned the designation of Certified Software Quality Analyst (CSQA) through the Quality Assurance Institute and has held QA leadership and consulting positions in major Twin Cities corporations including United HealthCare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kodak Health Imaging, and Imation. Betty’s QA expertise has been highlighted through speaking engagements at national conferences including the Practical Software Quality Techniques (PSQT) and Software Testing Analysis and Review (STAR) conferences, and through her leadership and participation in TCQAA and PSQT.